Ohio Racinos Record $114.4 Million In February Revenue, Third-Straight Month Of Growth

Written By Brian Cross on March 8, 2023
Ohio Racino February Revenue 2023

February marks the third month in a row of increased revenues for Ohio racinos, according to figures released by the Ohio Lottery Commission.

In February, Ohio racinos had their best month for revenue since July of last year. February is usually one of the lowest-earning months for the racinos, but last month’s $114.4 million stands out as an anomaly — it was the best showing in the last six months.

Two Ohio racinos earned $1 million more than last month

Ohio Racinos brought in $3.7 million more in February than in January, for an increase of 3.3%. Compared to the same month last year, revenues were $10.8 million higher. That marks a 10.4% year-over-year increase.

Ohio racino total revenues:

  • Feb. 2023: $114.4 million
  • Jan. 2023: $110.8 million
  • Feb. 2022: $103.6 million

Across Ohio’s seven racinos, the average revenue increase was $0.53 million over January. However, MGM Northfield Park increased revenues by $1 million to hit $25.4 million. Eldorado Scioto Downs also increased revenues by $1 million, reaching $20 million in February.

Year-over-year, the average increase was $1.5 million, and again MGM Northfield Park was the outlier. MGM increased revenue by $3 million over last February. Miami Valley Gaming wasn’t far behind, growing its revenue by $2.5 million.

Belterra Park in Cincinnati has remained basically flat over that time, with a YoY increase of only $200,000. Belterra brings in only about half of what the next highest earning racino, Hollywood Dayton, does.

Ohio Racino Revenue:

Ohio racinoFeb. 2023
Jan. 2023
Feb. 2022
MGM Northfield Park
Miami Valley Gaming
Eldorado Scioto Downs
JACK Thistledown Racetrack
Hollywood Mahoning Valley
Hollywood Dayton
Belterra Park$7.0$6.7$6.8

Did new racino sportsbooks boost revenues?

The launch of sports betting in Ohio could play a part in February’s revenue boost. Super Bowl weekend in particular was huge for Ohio sportsbooks.

In January, total sports betting revenue in the state was $208.9 million. But Ohio’s 16 online sportsbooks took in $205.7 million of that, leaving only $3.2 million spread across Ohio’s other betting options like retail sportsbooks, casinos and kiosks.

The numbers don’t suggest a huge revenue boost directly from sports wagering, but newly opened sportsbooks at the racinos likely meant more foot traffic at the locations, which also offer horse racing and slots.

Casino growth mirrors racino revenue increases

Ohio’s four non-racing casinos are governed by the Casino Control Commission, and their numbers are reported separately. The casinos seem to be following the same revenue trend, but the latest revenue numbers reported are from January.

Ohio casinos saw a 2.7% increase over December, and a 13.8% YoY increase.

Barstool and other sportsbook locations open at Ohio racinos

Sportsbooks continue to open retail locations in partnership with Ohio casinos and racinos. The sportsbook companies also operate online Ohio sportsbooks, which can be accessed anywhere in the state.

The current retail sportsbooks located at Ohio casinos and racinos are:

  • JACK Cleveland Casino: BetJACK Sportsbook
  • Hollywood Casino Toledo: Barstool Sportsbook
  • Hollywood Casino Columbus: Barstool Sportsbook
  • Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati: Hard Rock Sportsbook
  • JACK Thistledown Racino: BetJACK Sportsbook
  • MGM Northfield Park: BetMGM Sportsbook
  • Scioto Downs: Caesars Sportsbook
  • Miami Valley Gaming: MVGBet Sportsbook
  • Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway: Barstool Sportsbook
  • Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley: Barstool Sportsbook
  • Belterra Park: FanDuel Sportsbook
Photo by AP / Wayne Parry
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Brian Cross contributes sports betting, casino and lottery coverage to PlayOhio and PlayPennsylvania. Brian studied Professional Writing and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati and has been a contributing writer at Cincinnati’s alt-weekly for over 10 years.

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